My friend Jeremy Hilton just wrote a compelling piece on the effects the sequestration would have on our nation’s military. I am inclined to agree with him wholeheartedly. The largest part of the cuts will come from the defense budget with the swiftness of a guillotine blade, slashing this and that without any concern for the affect such cuts would have. I am fearful for the needed benefits that service people have that access programs like ECHO, The Demo, Respite and others – who literally could lose everything as a family if these badly relied upon services were eliminate. Please read the article and reach out to your representatives to tell them NO on sequestration!
This is a call to action for all military men and women, the veterans that came before them, and the families that support them both.
On January 2, 2013, the automatic spending cuts written into the Budget Control Act of 2011 (otherwise known as sequestration) will go into effect, amounting to an additional $500 billion in cuts to the defense budget. Sequestration poses an immediate and direct threat to both our nation’s defenses and the people who provide for that defense.
Sequestration would create significant readiness issues, reducing the force by tens of thousands of personnel, freezing compensation, reducing healthcare, and eliminating important family support programs. At an absolutely critical juncture, sequestration has the potential to decimate the all-volunteer force, all because politicians do not want to compromise or make hard decisions.
We understand the sacrifice required of our entire nation in order to reduce our overall deficit and debt. However, this sacrifice should be shared by all. Our nation’s debts should not be primarily laid on the shoulders of those who have already given so much.
The Department of Defense’s leadership has been constantly pushing Congress to take steps to avoid sequestration. Here is but one example:… click on link above to read the rest of the article.